Monday, October 8, 2012

Carpe Diem, #9 willow

Dear Haijin,

A new day has begun. Today we have the prompt willow. A wonderful tree in several species. It's a lovely tree on which several haiku poets have written haiku. For example the next haiku is written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and was part of his 'Narrow Road to the Far North' one of his haibun.

to sweep the garden
before I leave
falling willow leaves

It was the custom than that when you had gotten a place to sleep in e.g. a temple you had to do something in return. Basho wrote this above haiku for that purpose.

On February 19th I wrote a haiku for the Haiku Challenge of Few Miles, the site of SiS, on weeping willow. This haiku is part of a series about seasons, the season in this one is Autumn.

weeping willow
in the autumn sunlight
a golden tree

Credits: weeping willow in Autumn
The task for today is: write a classical or non-classical haiku on willow or inspired on willow. Enjoy the fun, be inspired and share your haiku on Carpe Diem.
This prompt will stay on 'till October 10th 11.59 AM (CET). The prompt for October 10th will be rainbow and will be published on October 9th around 10.00 PM (CET).

See you tomorrow, Namaste,

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